Wellness means so many things, and is important to all of us. Our physical health, our mental and emotional well-being, our behavioural habits and sleep patterns - they all add up and influence the quality of our lives. But life is busy, and it can be hard to prioritize self-care - especially if you have a demanding career, a young family, or personal obligations that keep you running in circles. At Meal in a Jar, we know how busy our customers are, and are dedicated to offering a nutritious, convenient meal option that contributes to their quality of life. Let’s look at ways to plan ahead, make time for yourself and live your best life.
#1: Give Yourself a Bedtime
If you’re in the habit of working hard and have trouble shutting off at night, give yourself a bedtime and stick to it. Whether it’s 10pm or midnight, find out how much sleep you need and set your phone to chime when it’s time to get ready for bed. You may feel silly at first, but once the habit takes shape, you’ll notice how good it feels to be rested each morning. Try it out!
#2: Work Hard, But Let Yourself Breathe
Scheduling downtime might sound like a crazy concept, but if you’re the type of person who works hard and never slows down, you may have to treat relaxation like a task. Make time to do something quiet, like read a book or take a walk. Grab coffee with a friend or by yourself, go to the gym, spend some time in the garden, take a nap - whatever makes you feel rejuvenated. Everyone needs different types of “me time”, but the bottom line is, we all need it. Discover what recharges your batteries and plan for it every week!
#3: Move Your Body
Sitting at a desk all day is hard, and if this is your life, you need to get moving. It’s good for your physical AND mental health - even short periods of movement will increase your mood and energy. Try taking a walk around the block at lunchtime, or climbing stairs in your office building for 10 minutes. Even just stretching for 5-10 minutes is beneficial. Find something that works for you, and put it on your calendar. It won’t take much time, but you’ll notice a difference.
#4: Make Time for Fun
Have you heard the term ‘work hard, play hard’? Well, we’re not suggesting you go on a bender every weekend to let off steam, but having fun IS important. Why not go out for dinner with friends, catch a movie or take in a concert? Join a rec sports league or take a weekly art class that interests you. Your life is busy, but finding an hour a week is doable when you make it a priority. Planned fun doesn’t sound exciting, but the point is, you’re making a point to have balance in your week.
#5: Eat Well
This one is obvious - especially coming from us - but it’s very important. Food is fuel for your body, and when you’re busy, you’re more likely to make poor choices like skipping meals or grabbing take out. Ordering a Meal in a Jar plan takes the hassle out of eating well. There’s no need to meal prep, it cuts down on your time spent grocery shopping and cooking, and it ensures you have a healthy, delicious meal on hand wherever you want to go. Take it to work or eat it at home after a long day - whatever works. Take a look at our weekly meal plans and discover how they can improve your quality of life (and free up time for all of the above).
You’ve heard about superfoods - things like blueberries, bok choy, lentils, spinach, kale and other leafy greens. They’re exceptionally healthy foods that offer an intense punch of vitamins and nutrients. Some are packed with antioxidants while others are full of healthy fat or even probiotics - each food has a unique set of benefits. There are lots of superfoods to choose from, and they’re all amazing - but why, exactly? Well, let’s review:
Superfoods are healthy, but that doesn’t mean they’re boring or bland. Popular superfood items include sweet potatoes, salmon, strawberries, asparagus, apples, greek yogurt and walnuts - all flavourful, enjoyable foods. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be a sacrifice! There are plenty of superfood options that treat your tastebuds as well as your body. Try our Black Bean Taco jar, which contains superfoods like black beans, brown rice, napa cabbage and cherry tomatoes.
Our Moroccan Tagine jar is another great superfood option, featuring sweet potato, spinach, ginger and bok choy.
You’ll Feel Fantastic
A superfood is defined by its health benefits - each one is a rich source of vitamins and nutrients - but it goes deeper than that. Eating well is good for your digestion, your sleep habits, your energy level - the list goes on and on! Think of the gross bloat and regret of a fast food binge - eating a delicious, superfood-charged meal has the opposite effect. Eat well and take on the world! Try our Veggie Showdown jar, which contains superfoods like garlic, spinach and pumpkin seeds. It will fill you up and tastes amazing!
You’ll Look Great, Too
You want to feel amazing on the inside, but looking good on the outside isn’t a bad thing either. Superfoods are a critical element of a healthy diet that results in a healthy body weight (something that makes you look AND feel great). Healthy fats, such as those found in salmon and avocado, can make your hair appear extra-lush and shiny. Antioxidants can help reduce inflammation, which will make skin appear less red and puffy. You may notice a bit of a healthy glow - something you definitely don’t see after chowing down on a burger and fries! Want to give it a try? Check out our Lively Lemon Ginger jar, which contains superfoods like edamame, kale, olive oil and (you guessed it) ginger.
Sometimes, you crave a taco. We get it. Tacos are delicious, and they have their own day of the week. You can get them late at night, and they pair well with tequila or a beer. They remind of college and vacation, and taste of spicy perfection. But in terms of healthy food choices, tacos aren’t exactly top of the list. In fact, they don’t make the list at all.
Don’t be sad! There is hope for those who want a healthy lifestyle AND endless taco lunches. The same actually goes for many of the fast food meals you love. Whatever indulgence you’re craving, we’ve got a delicious jar that doubles as a smart choice. Here are some of our favourite healthy fast food swap-outs. Enjoy!
If you like butter chicken, you’ll love the No Butter Chickpea and Curry Chicken jars. They’re hearty, flavourful, and a lot lighter than traditional Indian food takeaway. All the taste with none of the guilt - that’s something to feel good about.
Are you the person who brings tuna sandwiches to the office, or grabs a massive tuna sub and then regrets it when indigestion inevitably hits? Save yourself the pain and grab a healthy, tasty Tuna Antipasta Meal in a Jar. It’s got all the taste, way more fresh veggie crunch, and zero regret.
Instead of going out for wings or a greasy pulled pork sandwich, grab a Backyard BBQ Meal in a Jar. It’s the perfect lunch or dinner, and will leave you more than satisfied. Food is fuel, and this is good stuff!
You know when you’re at the mall and you pick that Japanese stir fry on rice because it seems like a healthy choice? Well...we think you know the truth. That pile of rice, sauce and fried meat is not exactly a nutritionist's dream. Instead, eat one of our Beef Teriyaki jars. It’s packed full of sirloin beef strips and fresh vegetables as well as yummy rice noodles. You’ll never look at mall food the same again.
What’s your favourite healthy treat? Tell us in the comments!